Dee here to tell you about our agility day. Our dog club hosts an annual fun competition, between us and other clubs in the area. Unfortunately we are the smallest club and since our dogs train there all the time are more likely to slack off, so we usually come last and this year was no exception. But we still all really enjoy it and the show like atmosphere is great training for new dogs like Arran. Thank you to Brendan Ashton from Barrow DTC for the use of the photos!
The boys enjoyed themselves. It was Arran’s first go at a competition and his first time doing a full set of jumps as opposed to just little handling sequences.
Ludo especially had a great time, since he got a treat bonanza. He did his first jumping run, which was a very nice clear, in which he got a 5th place. I put him back in the car and waited for the jumps to go down to small. When I got back to the car, Ludo had jumped through the gap onto the drivers seat, as he often does, but this time he’d gotten the treat bag (with magnetic closing) out of my back pack and had eaten all the treats. I was very annoyed! Poor Arran didn’t have any treats for his first run. Ludo did have the decency to look a little bit guilty but I think he felt very pleased with himself!
Arran did not too bad on his first run, considering the no treats. He waited at a line of three jumps until called and didn’t go around the first one, which he sometimes tries to do when he’s in a wait, but for some reason went around the last jump of the three twice before going over. I suspect he saw something interesting that made him veer off. He didn’t do his weave entry correctly until I switched to the left hand side but over all it wasn’t bad and the judge who trains with us said well done.
I was able to walk to the local shop and get some ham and cheese for later on and you know what? I put some ham into my bag and zipped the rest into my backpack and when next I visited the car, Ludo had once again, opened the back pack and eaten the ham! I don’t know how he’s doing it and he wont tell but he’s about to lose his sitting on the back seat at shows privilege.
I didn’t get a chance to walk the Agility round for Ludo, on account of going to the shop, so considering I got last half way through he did everything I asked of him.
Arran’s agility run was a non starter as he left the ring to look at a photographer and then skidaddled his way to the back of the field, so I left the ring and recalled him, a few people with newbie dogs were carrying on after incidents like that, but I do not want Arran to think that is acceptable behaviour, so if he wants to do his own thing then he doesn’t get to have fun doing agility. He’s never completely dashed off in training so it just shows with the busier atmosphere how different it is for the dogs.
I think it made a difference as the next run was the pairs, and it was a similar course to the agility and aside from going past the A frame (which I didn’t mind as he’s only done it a couple of times in training) he did pretty well and listened, only getting slightly distracted a couple of times. We skipped the seesaw, since we are still training that. Ludo did fab in the pairs with our friends George and her westie Ruby, it was a lovely fast, flowy course and I just made one mistake, not cueing him for the tunnel quickly enough so he off shot it. But we came 4th in that.
Lastly there was a ’round the clock’ game. 10 jumps and two tunnels in a circle with a cone in the middle and you had to go around the cone before taking each jump in sequence and coming in through the gap each time. Arran just about managed it, although he was very wide on account of looking at things. Ludo did very well and enjoyed going round the cone, although I think he got a bit fed up by the end and had a look of ‘we’ve done this enough now, Mum.’ but it was a fun handling exercise anyway.
I’ll leave you with this shot Brendan got of Arran. Do you think he shut his eyes and hoped for the best?